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“Amazing experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mario's Cuisine

Mario's Cuisine
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste, First Entrance to the Beach | 300 Mts From the Main Road Towards the Beach, Playa Hermosa 1000, Costa Rica
+506 5705 1645
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, Costa Rican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: We are a Costarrican family, who love to receive people from around the world for a unique dining experience in Costa Rica. My husband Mario, a Chef for 18 years now, learned his cuisine from Old School International Chef's and from there he created his own Fusion style cuisine, who he really felt identify with. This type of Cuisine its only possible with fresh ingredients of the day, from the salad to the seafood, everything its carefully chosen on a daily basis and from scratch prepare with passion into explosive delicious flavors to the palate. Everyday we create and serve a 4 course dinner in our terrace, where you can also enjoy the breeze, the stars and the beautiful magic of Guanacaste in an intimate ambiance. We required reservations in advance.
Denver, Colorado
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Amazing meal at Mario's! We were lucky enough to have the chance to meet Mario, Ericka and the rest of the family. We stayed right across the street, they have 3 really great kids that our daughter loved to play with. Playa Hermosa is very hit or miss on the restaurant scene, with a lot of turnover in chef's. One week a restaurant could be good and the next horrible with a new chef. We went out several times, and our best experience (beside's Mario's) was mediocre. You are guaranteed an amazing meal and experience at Mario's Cuisine. You will learn all about Costa Rica, culture and get great tips on things to do and see. We left with our bellies full of delicious food and with some new friends. Thank you Mario and Ericka!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Truly excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Such a great experience! The food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. One of my favorite meals during our trip. This isn't just a restaurant, it's their home, so you must make a reservation so they can prepare for you. Ericka and Mario were both so welcoming and they really made this unique experience an enjoyable one. You should definitely check them out if you're in the area!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Incr-edible!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

This was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Erica is a welcoming, warm and entertaining host and Mario is an extraordinary cook!

Me and my girlfriend wanted to live with them by the end!

I'm not a fan of ginger but Mario made me a believer.

The quality of everything was even more impressive when you consider that it's all so healthy.

Would love to go again and I urge you not to leave Costa Rica before you enjoy this experience.

I love you both Erica and Mario!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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“Must do on any trip to Guanacaste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Amazing meal at Mario's! We were lucky enough to have the chance to meet Mario, Ericka and the rest of the family. We stayed right across the street, they have 3 really great kids that our daughter loved to play with. Playa Hermosa is very hit or miss on the restaurant scene, with a lot of turnover in chef's. One week a restaurant could be good and the next horrible with a new chef. We went out several times, and our best experience (beside's Mario's) was mediocre. You are guaranteed an amazing meal and experience at Mario's Cuisine. You will learn all about Costa Rica, culture and get great tips on things to do and see. We left with our bellies full of delicious food and with some new friends. Thank you Mario and Ericka!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Coldbrook, Canada
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“Food, Family and Friends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Folks if you ever want to learn about Costa Rica, experience great food, be invited in someone's home, have a great conversation, and be welcomed by a family, you MUST make Mario's Restaurant a favorite on your list. We made reservations for four of us at Marios and were greeted by Ericka (great hostess and conversationalist), Mario (fantastic chef), and their lvoely family of three and three quarters (one girl, two boys and a child on his/her way). Before making our reservation and entering their home terrace , Ericka asked us specific questions around ages, food allergies, likes, and what we would like from this visit. The whole family surpassed our espectations and explained Costa Rican customs, traditions, sites to visit, animal life, spear fishing , movies, music, salsa dancing, religion, and culture. Thanks to you and your family for taking our reservation and allowing us to take wine for our meal. When we return to Costa Rica, we would love to meet your family of six and make another reservation. The soup entree, salad with octupus and parrot fish, the red snapper, and the desert was delicious. Sure hope you keep your "excellent" status on trip advisor! The meal was worth every dollar paid! Cheers from Ben, Terri, LeeAnn and Ginnette

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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